ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – A district court docket choose in Washington D.C. has held off on generating a selection about whether a former Rocky Mount officer is to stay in jail next his modern rearrest.
Thomas Robertson appeared for a hearing in Judge Christopher Cooper’s D.C. courtroom. (WDBJ7 was able to hear in to the proceedings over the telephone.) Two makes an attempt at the hearing ended up produced past week, when Robertson was incarcerated in the Central Virginia Regional Jail. But owing to specialized troubles with online video conferencing, the choose purchased Robertson to be brought to his courtroom in person.
The hearing was centered on a movement by prosecutors contacting for the judge to revoke the disorders of Robertson’s launch. He experienced been out on bond next his initial arrest until previously this month, when FBI agents described locating a loaded rifle, ammunition and a partially assembled pipe bomb at Robertson’s dwelling. For each the circumstances of his release, prosecutors say he was not allowed to have any weapons.
The protection called on Robertson’s son as a witness, who told the choose the rifle uncovered at the home belonged to him and that he only had it at his father’s residence when he realized his father would be absent. Guide prosecutor, Elizabeth Aloi, countered that Robertson’s son had offered inconsistent statements about the gun.
Aloi and Robertson’s attorney, Mark Rollins, took turns generating their scenario. Rollins argued that some of the things identified in Robertson’s residence, these types of as the partly assembled pipe bomb and silencers ended up existing in the house throughout the initially formal research of the property. He argued the pipe bomb was merely a training unit Robertson utilised when an officer, as were being some blue-handled grenades also identified in the property.
The FBI also reported discovering evidence that Robertson experienced been acquiring and offering guns on line, which the govt known as a flagrant violation of his release orders. Rollins contested that buying and selling did not equate to possession. He also introduced a document to the judge, on which he reported Robertson would have experienced to signify that he’d been indicted in a federal circumstance, which would have prevented a keep from making it possible for him to choose a gun.
Rollins also introduced a online video which allegedly confirmed Robertson entering and exiting the Capitol on January 6. (WDBJ7 was unable to watch the video clip). Rollins attempted to make the situation that his client committed no violent acts that working day, rebuking the government’s notion that he participated in an insurrection.
Aloi in transform referenced precedent and numerous codes of regulation to make their scenario that Robertson experienced been in violation of the orders set forth for him on his launch. She also rejected a recommendation by Rollins that Robertson could rather experience dwelling detention, indicating that that would nonetheless permit him to keep on the getting and advertising of guns. Aloi also go through aloud statements she explained Robertson produced on-line in which she thinks he advocates for violence, with one these types of write-up reading through, “The only voice people will pay attention to is violence.”
Right after arguments have been designed, Decide Cooper explained he experienced been well prepared to rule from the bench, but that the governing administration and protection had thrown him curveballs. He took the circumstance up less than advisement, stating he would consider a thing up in creating extremely quickly, but did not give a timeline in which he could possibly make his selection.
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